Free car seat inspections during Child Passenger Safety Week

Posted August 27, 2014 at 8:33 am     Category: Fire ServicesHealthNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Safe Kids Cape Fear urges parents and caregivers of New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties to make sure their car seats and booster seats are properly installed during Child Passenger Safety Week.

Local safety technicians will be conducting child seat inspections and providing hands-on training on Monday, September 15 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet located at 228 South College Road in Wilmington.

“Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Safe Kids Cape Fear Coordinator Julia Histed. “We want all parents to make sure their car seats are used and installed correctly and that the whole family is buckled up every time on every ride. And we’re here to help,” Histed added.

Anyone who may have a child or children in their car is encouraged to stop by. If you can’t, you are encouraged to take 15 minutes to conduct an at-home checkup using the following Safe Kids downloadable checklist.

Certified safety technicians want to help you keep your kids safe.  In New Hanover County, permanent checking stations have been established at all New Hanover County and Wilmington fire stations.  Permanent checking stations in other counties can be located online at buckleupnc.org.

Child Passenger Safety Week is recognized September 14 through September 20. Throughout the week, Safe Kids, with the support of the General Motors Foundation, will host hundreds of child seat inspections across the country as part of its Buckle Up Program, a national initiative established 17 years ago to keep children and families safe in and around cars. Car seat inspections offer drivers the chance to receive assistance and guidance from certified car seat technicians regarding proper installation of their child safety and booster seats.

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Release Contact:

Joshua Swift
Deputy Health Director
(910) 798-6592

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